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After too many ads, people just start tuning them out.

I think it happens now. And it's the reason the ad stats are so bad. My gut tells me people are seeing anything up to a dozen repeats of your ad across a range of books, before they actually click the book to see it. And perhaps this is the thing for Amazon, when they do finally click the book, its on the also-bought slider, not the ad slider. But they only go there after seeing the ad a lot of times first.
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Writers' Cafe / Promotions and days of the week
« Last post by CasperValentine on Today at 06:48:35 AM »
I've found a nice website that reviews various book promotions and I've been trying a few out. I've made some decent sales from them so far. Not breaking the bank but at least covering the cost. So far my best sales were from Saturday. I'm wondering how much the day of the week had to do with it. I'd like to run some more promos. Does anyone have any input as to how much the day of the week factors in? Weekends vs weekdays? Any days of the week you steer clear of? As always I appreciate any feedback from the group. Thanks!
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What irks me the most about this is that, even on the level of greed, I can't see how it's really going to make more money for Amazon. Since the ads are pay-per-click, how many people do we think ever get beyond the first page of the first ad carousel? Does anyone really go through several pages of ads? Does anyone really go down to the second ad carousel? That seems like highly atypical behavior. The increase in revenue would surely not be worth annoying customers who use the also-boughts.

What I imagine Amazon will provoke eventually will be ad blindness. After too many ads, people just start tuning them out.

For the record, my follow button is right under my author picture--not that I care. Amazon never did run that program especially well, and I wouldn't be surprised if they phased it out.

My pages still like also-boughts near the top, where they always were, followed by the first sponsored carousel. The second one is lower, with a row of also-viewed books near the very bottom. So, yeah, A/B testing.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Grammar questions...grammar answers
« Last post by APeter on Today at 06:43:33 AM »
I've only seen it used that way when "has" is acting as an auxiliary verb, in which case there is no potential for confusion:

--She's been here all morning. (She has been here all morning.)
--He's got three more patients today. (He has got three more patients today.)

It's not possible for 's to be interpreted as "is" or a possesive in these cases. It shouldn't be news to anyone that some words are spelled the same but have different meanings that must be inferred through context.

He's can be either he is or he has. If one wants precision that can't be picked up from the context, it is better to spell it out instead of contracting.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/he's


Thanks for your replies.

I've always used has been in these cases, but as I've seen more uses of s/he's, I was curious. Still, I have to admit, it doesn't look quite right to me--so I'm not sure whether I'll ever use it. Maybe, though  :)
 
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Silly question, but where in the world is Hugh?
« Last post by Arches on Today at 06:39:30 AM »
Look here: @hughhowey
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Thanks for all the support, guys. It helps. I'm still feeling fragile this morning, but I'm doing better.

I do love to write. I don't think I can stop at this point. However, I think what motivates me is a desire to write good books. After every book I finish, all I can see is how much I have left to learn, and how far away I am from writing anything that I might consider good.

To be able to keep doing this without stressing myself out to the point that I quit, I think I have to stop worrying about the business side of self-publishing and focus only on the craft of writing.
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You're looking in the wrong place on Twitter because he loves it. I think he's still in Fiji, and he's sent probably a hundred tweets from there. Unfortunately, I just deleted my most recent ones, but he's there.

Thanks for the heads up. Just saw he responded to someone on twitter as well. Social Media is so weird.
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Caveat: If you used a narrator on a profit split basis, there are bound to be implications, I would think.

If someone produced their book using royalty share they can't go wide with their audio for the term of the contract. Non-exclusive isn't an option.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Silly question, but where in the world is Hugh?
« Last post by Arches on Today at 06:36:31 AM »
Howey, that is.

Hasn't been on Twitter since March. Not a peep on his website (which looks a lot different). I'm pretty sure he deleted facebook altogether too.

I keep thinking about that whirlwind writers-software he was telling us about, but he's not around with any kind of updates...least of all his books. Asking because maybe someone saw/heard something here I didn't.

You're looking in the wrong place on Twitter because he loves it. I think he's still in Fiji, and he's sent probably a hundred tweets from there. Unfortunately, I just deleted my most recent ones, but he's there.
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Howey, that is.

Hasn't been on Twitter since March. Not a peep on his website (which looks a lot different). I'm pretty sure he deleted facebook altogether too.

I keep thinking about that whirlwind writers-software he was telling us about, but he's not around with any kind of updates...least of all his books. Asking because maybe someone saw/heard something here I didn't.

UPDATE: he's on Twitter, never mind.
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